After reading a bunch of dark, dismal, and heavy books I was definitely ready for something lighter and fun. Robin Benway's latest novel (after hilarious Audrey, Wait!) delivered on the fun and entertainment factor AND had a really solid story to go along with that. Cool cover too.
April, May, and June are sisters, with very unoriginal parents (at least in the name department), who interact pretty much as normal sisters do. Some days they really like one another, others they're picking on one's fashion sense, one's uptightness, and one's total lack of motivation. Overall, they have the back of each other, not matter what.
When they all wake up one morning, each possessing a different power, they know they're going to need all the help they can get to learn to understand what they can do and how to control it. April can suddenly see the future, May can disappear, and June can read minds. Not bad for a bunch of typical teenage girls!
Lots of humor is injected into the pages, along with a bit of romance and some super-tense moments. Each character has her own quirks and was presented as a real teen girl, with real teen problems. April, the straight-oldest sister, starts to like a bad boy, May is having a very difficult time dealing with their parents divorce, and poor June, a freshman in high school, just wants to make friends with the popular crowd. Benway really created a successful novel with her realistic characters.
If you were a fan of Audrey, Wait! I would definitely recommend picking this one up. And if you haven't read that one, I still recommend it! Teens will love the writing style and the inclusion of the fantastical element.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June
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